Humanitarian Affairs

10 October 2019, Copenhagen

Remarks at opening of UNHCR/World Bank Joint Data Centre on Forced Displacement

Ladies and gentlemen, honorable Minister,
 
It's an enormous pleasure to be with all of you.
 
I'm an engineer, so I have a relatively accurate idea of the importance of data – not only in the work of the engineers, if we want our bridges not to fall and we want all telecommunications to work, but also in more and more in social sciences and more and more in relation to the humanitarian and development activities.
 

27 September 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks at press encounter with Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan

This very beautiful monument of a great artist, Amin Gulgee, will remain forever in the UN premises, in New York, and when we see those hands pointing to the sky, but also those hands united, they represent, I believe, a symbol of hope and a symbol of solidarity.
 

24 September 2019, General Assembly

Address to the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly

The United Nations Charter sends a clear message to us all: put people first.
 
The first words of the Charter -- “we the peoples” – are a summons to place people at the centre of our work.
 
Every day.  Everywhere.
 
People with anxieties and aspirations. 
 
People with heartbreaks and hopes.
 
Above all, people with rights.

13 September 2019, Nassau

Remarks to the press outside the NEMA Emergency Operations Centre

I want to pay tribute to the government and the people of the Bahamas for their extraordinary response to these tragic events.
 

14 September 2019, Nassau

Opening remarks at press encounter after Secretary-General’s visit to Abaco Island, Bahamas

I just came back from Abaco. I must say was horrified. I've never seen such a level of systematic devastation. Hurricane Dorian has been classified as category five. I think it's category hell. But it was not powered by the devil. We have always had many hurricanes, but now they are more intense, and they are more frequent, and they are powered by climate change. And so it's very important that international community learns two things from the example of Abaco and Grand Bahama.
 

11 July 2019, Maputo

Remarks during joint press encounter with the President of Mozambique

Ladies and gentlemen, journalists, thank you very much for your presence and for your attention.
 
For me, visiting Mozambique is a matter of the heart. I was in Mozambique in the exercise of all the official functions I had. I was here as Prime Minister of Portugal, as President of the Socialist International, as High Commissioner for Refugees and, now, as Secretary-General of the United Nations. I was always received with great friendship, great warmth. I always felt at home, I always felt among friends, I would even say, among brothers.

12 July 2019, Beira

Opening remarks at press stakeout in Beira

As I had the chance to say to the President of the Republic yesterday, this is mostly a visit of solidarity with the Mozambican people. People who were victims of unprecedented devastation in history, with a terrible impact and physical destruction, and another impact on the human suffering of Mozambicans.

12 July 2019, Maputo

Remarks at the conclusion of visit to Mozambique

Secretary-General António Guterres speaks with students at the “25 de Junho” School in Beira, Mozambique, on his visit to take stock of the recovery efforts in the areas impacted by cyclones Idai and Kenneth. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

I have just concluded a solidarity visit to Mozambique where I heard extremely moving firsthand accounts from men, women and children in Beira whose lives were upended by Cyclone Idai, one of two back-to-back extreme weather disasters that hit the country earlier this year.
 

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25 June 2019, UN Headquarters

Remarks to UNRWA Pledging Conference

I am pleased to join you again for this year’s pledging conference for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East. 
 
When we gathered last year at this meeting, we feared the worst – UNRWA schools not opening, food for refugees running out, clinics closing. 
 
Fortunately, that did not happen because in 2018 many of you stepped up to assert that Palestine refugees deserved the assistance, dignity and hope that UNRWA provides.